Frédéric de Luca (b. 1949)
Frédéric de Luca was born in 1949. After obtaining his diploma from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art in Paris, he worked as a fabric designer, executing the designs in gouache, which developed his enthusiasm for the medium. He also specialised in the design of knitwear, and later on in his career he designed shoes for the collections of several prestigious Italian shoe companies.
In 1983 he founded the premiere Parisian design gallery En Attendant les Barbares, specialising in limited editions of furniture, lighting, and ceramics by young designers, who have gone on to become highly sought-after names in the world of design – Mattia Bonetti, Elizabeth Garouste, Eric Schmitt, Jacques Jarrige, and Fabienne Jouvin. This group of designers were a breath of fresh air in the world of design at the time, giving free rein to their imagination in the use of colour and unusual materials.
Frédéric de Luca has worked as an interior designer, made furniture on commission, and designed bold and colourful ceramics. He has now returned to his first passion – painting in gouache – to create powerful geometric compositions, full of colour, movement, and imagination.